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Hackers stealing your PageRank

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 23:44:54 +0000

The last time I wrote about a hacked site, it was using a redirect that sent some users to a different site. This kind of hack is pretty common (even though it’s usually not as complex as mentioned in that post), it leverages the sad fact that users are often easy to trick and not […]

Seeing nofollow links in Google Chrome

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 22:31:15 +0000

Here’s a simple trick to view nofollow links in Google Chrome. Just drag and drop the following button to your bookmark bar and hit it whenever you want to see links with the rel=nofollow HTML microformat: Nofollow? This bookmarklet inserts a tiny bit of CSS into the top of the page you’re currently viewing. The […]

Confirm that you’re using Analytics on all pages

Tue, 20 May 2008 23:27:09 +0000

Here’s something from my mailbox – someone wanted to know how he could crawl his site and confirm that all of his pages really have the Google Analytics tracking-code on them. WordPress users have it easy, there are plugins that handle it automatically. Sometimes it’s worth asking nicely :) – let me show you how […]

Running Firefox in parallel

Fri, 01 Feb 2008 23:14:39 +0000

Sometimes it would just be great to have multiple instances of Firefox running at the same time. Some web applications just love to eat memory in Firefox, some web pages go crazy if you have JavaScript enabled and sometimes you just want different sets of cookies to let you manage two accounts at the same […]

Go hack yourself – recovering your FTP password

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 16:05:20 +0000

All of the websites I put together at the moment are used for playing around and testing things. It’s fun to set up a site, try some things out, delete it or just let it sit and then – usually much later – start over and try something else. The only problem is that by […]

How to use Google webmaster tools stats with Excel

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 00:34:42 +0000

Google’s webmaster tools has a neat feature that lets you download your query and click statistics (once you have verified ownership of your site). The data you can get from there is quite comprehensive, but hard to break down for use in Excel. As a fun exercise I put together a small Python-script that takes […]

Google Webmaster Groups statistics for September 2007

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:25:05 +0000

I finally got around to getting the statistics for September 2007 for the Google Webmaster Help Groups finished up. I have to admit the numbers for September aren’t the best, especially the counts for the posts by Googlers. Getting started at Google took quite some time and a lot of learning :) . And wow […]

Being #1 with “Untitled Document” and Flash

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:58:30 +0000

Untitled Document We’ve all seen it – “untitled document” is a popular page name, probably the most popular one out there. I wonder who decided that “untitled document” was better than no title at all? There are a lot of those pages out there, do they even know that a good title can do wonders? […]

Opportunities in Search

Sat, 22 Sep 2007 09:01:25 +0000

So I went to visit Google in Mountain View … … and learned that every second sentence has to be prefixed with “so”. Wait, that’s not all. I’m sure you’re all just reading this to hear about the secret information they’ve been feeding me, heh. Sorry, you’ll have to join Google yourself to find out […]

Interview with Richard Hearne (“Red Cardinal”)

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 20:55:56 +0000

Hi Richard, welcome to my blog! When I look through the top posters in the Google Webmaster Help groups, you’re almost always in there – it’s great to have you there and your posts bring in a lot of background knowledge that I’m sure many site owners appreciate. It’s interesting that you are – as […]

Google Webmaster Groups statistics for August 2007

Sun, 02 Sep 2007 21:55:53 +0000

Another month goes by, here are the statistics for August (and some comparisons to July in brackets) 2007. The numbers Number of new threads = 1329 [+5.3%] Number of new posts = 7676 [-1.0%] Average number posts/new thread = 5.48 [-4.5%] Number of posts by new users = 1061 (13.8%) [+30.0%] Number of threads by […]

A set of command-line Windows website tools

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 22:51:42 +0000

If you have to do things over and over again, it’s a good idea to use a tool to make things easier. Windows is a bit limited (or very – when compared to Linux) when it comes to batch file scripts and “wget” is limited to what it can do right out the box, so […]

Interview with Craig “cass-hacks”

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 17:57:41 +0000

Hi Craig, welcome to my blog :-) ! Craig is, for those that haven’t noticed, an alien from some solar system far away. At least that’s the conclusion I came to after reading his introduction, the overview page on his site and his “my first computer” posts. I’m pretty sure that he’s either alien or […]

The website hack you’d never find

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 22:03:34 +0000

Warning: do not try the URLs here unless your system is locked down properly. I suggest using a “virual machine” (I use VMware) to test things like this. The hack itself is complicated, the system is simple – skip the complicated part if you’re in a hurry. It all started with a posting like this: […]

Interview with Matt / “Dockarl”

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:21:47 +0000

Hi “Doc”, it’s cool to have you here! It’s great that the web removes barriers like the physical distance from here in Switzerland to Australia. Matt has been one of the regular contributors to the Google Webmaster Help Groups since January 2007. He has a diverse background: Agriculture and Computers, an interesting mixture, or how […]

Moving to a new office in September

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 00:09:23 +0000

The last couple years I’ve spent a lot of time in the Google Webmaster Help groups. Most of that time I’ve tried to help people with problems with their websites and Google. Together with the webmaster (every site is unique) and the other active members in the groups we’ve tried to work out where things […]

Check your web pages for hacks and unauthorized changes

Sat, 18 Aug 2007 23:12:14 +0000

Websites have become popular targets for hackers, who either try to add elements that automatically download “malware” (viruses, etc) or try to add hidden links (SEO hacking) to other websites. Quite often, these kinds of changes are not recognized by the webmaster or website owner. You could wait until a visitor complains to you or […]

Twitter indexing peculiarities

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 22:46:15 +0000

This post has one main reason: popular sites don’t always get it right. You can also turn that around: you don’t have to get everything right in order to be popular. Never do something on your site just because a large site does it like that. Combine web 2.0 with a search engines, what do […]

A bookie’s life – interview with Sebastian

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 12:31:58 +0000

Hello Sebastian! You’re one of the more elusive people in the Google Groups, helping webmasters regularly and often with run-of-the-day problems and providing insight into things that are not so common. Your “no-BS” policy sometimes seems a bit tough on new users – but by “telling it like it is” you can get straight to […]

After the first post: should I stay or should I go now?

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 22:51:25 +0000

In response to the other statistics regarding the Google Webmaster Help groups, JLH asks: I always wonder about a statistic, I call them Drive-by-posters. Those who come in and make a post, only to be never heard of again, even though their questions may be answered. Let’s take a quick look at who posts in […]

Interview with John Honeck / JLH

Mon, 06 Aug 2007 23:06:41 +0000

Hi John, it’s great to have you here for a virtual interview! John is one of the strong posters who make up the backbone of the Google Webmaster Help forums. His blog at is strong on all things SEO, is quite popular and dares to ask uncomfortable questions that need to be asked. His […]

Google Webmaster Groups statistics for July 2007

Sun, 05 Aug 2007 22:33:25 +0000

Just for fun, here are some lists and numbers for the month of July 2007. Some numbers … Number of new threads = 1262 Number of new posts = 7754 Average number posts/new thread = 5.74 Number of posts by new users = 816 (10.5%) Number of threads by new users = 717 (56.8%) Average […]

An interview with Christina / webado

Sun, 29 Jul 2007 19:52:30 +0000

Hi Christina, it’s great to have you here for a virtual interview! For those who don’t know, Christina is one of the top contributors to the Google Webmaster Help forums. Just this month she managed to post over 1’000 replies (as a comparison, slightly over 7’400 postings were made this month in total, giving her […]

Adding user-friendly rel=nofollow markup (for IE too!)

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 10:31:19 +0000

The next step after adding CSS to highlight links with rel=nofollow is to give the user some information about what the symbol and the dashed line mean. Since CSS will not allow you to add tooltips and links, we have to resort to some javascript trickery. The up-side to this is that it will also […]

Adding your Google Reader ‘shared items’ to your site

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 08:31:34 +0000

In order to display the Google Reader ‘shared items’ on your site – using straight (X)HTML and not just the javascript widget supplied by Google – you need a tool that can read RSS feeds and display them (the shared items are an Atom feed, but that is similar enough). Using straight links instead of […]

Adding “rel=nofollow” markup to your site

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 01:10:11 +0000

I support the “rel=nofollow” HTML microformat as a way to mark links which might be problematic, whether they’re clearly spammy, just not checked or even just sites that I don’t really want to link to (but still want to provide a link for others to use – you know, “don’t look, but that guy’s got […]

Adding text resizing with cookie

Mon, 16 Jul 2007 11:19:40 +0000

In the top right corner of this blog I have placed a small set of links that let you resize the text as it is displayed. It’s easy to use this script on your blog and it lets your visitors resize the text on the blog however they want it. The resizing setting is stored […]

Hello world

Sat, 14 Jul 2007 16:29:02 +0000

How do you start a new blog? This blog will certainly not win any prizes for beauty, but it does what I want and that’s all I need. I bet most people will be using their feed readers to read along anyway (at least I do) :-). In case you don’t know me, I’m a […]